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LGBTQ History Month: ‘Strength in Community, Pride in Resilience’

President Mildred García Hosts Oct. 2 Reception
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“Embracing the Complex His-Stories” within the LGBTQ community is the focus of Vincent T. Harris‘ keynote address at a Monday, Oct. 2, reception kicking off Cal State Fullerton’s celebration of LGBTQ History Month.

Hosted by President Mildred García, the reception will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Fullerton Arboretum’s Bacon Pavilion.

An experienced higher education administrator-scholar, Harris’ professional work and research explore the lived experiences of undergraduate and graduate students as it relates to the intersection of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, faith and culture. He is the inaugural director of CSUF’s Male Success Initiative, responsible for increasing access and retention for men of color through academic guidance, student leadership development, social engagement and pre-graduation support.

Other LGBTQ History Month activities, centering on the theme “Strength in Community, Pride in Resilience,” include:

Tuesday, Oct. 3 — “InsideOUT: Wearing Your Identity”

4-5 p.m., Titan Student Union, Room 250
Join the LGBT Queer Resource Center for a discussion about identity expression through clothes, hairstyles and body modifications.

Monday, Oct. 9 — “I’m Queer, I’m Here, But Not At Home”

5-6:30 p.m., Titan Student Union, Hetebrink Room AB
This forum discusses the complexities of family interactions at the intersection of Asian Pacific Islander Desi American and LGBTQ identities.

Wednesday, Oct. 11 — National Coming Out Day

11 a.m.-2 p.m., walkway between the Pollak Library and the Titan Student Union
Learn about National Coming Out Day, explore what it means to come in/come out, and check out support resources offered by the LGBT Queer Resource Center.

Tuesday, Oct. 17 — Queer Music Party

1-3 p.m., Titan Student Union, Room 254
Join the LGBT Queer Resource Center in exploring new LGBTQ songs, artists and narratives in the music industry.

Tuesday, Oct. 17 — “InsideOUT: Pop Culture”

4-5 p.m., Titan Student Union, Room 254
Join the LGBT Queer Resource Center in examining queer representation in TV, film, music, and other facets of popular culture.

Wednesday, Oct. 18 — Third Annual Drag Show

6:30 p.m., Student Housing Piazza
Enjoy student performances, a lip sync competition and more at CSUF’s third annual drag show. The event is hosted by Orange County drag queen Alessandra Divine and presented by Housing and Residential Engagement, Associated Students Inc., Resident Student Association and LGBT Queer Resource Center.

Monday, Oct. 23 — “Signature Move” Film Screening

5:30-7:30 p.m., Titan Student Union, Ontiveros Room ABC
Follow the journey of Zaynab, a Pakistani Muslim lawyer living in Chicago, who begins a new romance with Alma, a confident Mexican-American woman. The film screening is hosted by the Asian Pacific American Resource Center, Chicana and Chicano Resource Center, WoMen’s and Adult Reentry Center, Asian American Studies and LGBT Queer Resource Center.

Wednesday, Oct. 25 — “I Am Jazz” Book Talk

4-6 p.m., Pollak Library, Room 130
Join the Pollak Library and LGBT Queer Resource Center for a talk about “I Am Jazz,” an illustrated children’s book focusing on the story of a transgender child. Based on the real-life experience of Jazz Jennings, the book explores how children’s literature can create a more inclusive environment for transgender youth.

For a complete list of activities, visit the LGBT Queer Resource Center website or call 657-278-4218.